What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is caring for the needs of others.
Stewardship is offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us.
Stewardship is what a person does after saying “I believe…” as proof of that belief.
Williams and McKibben in Oriented Leadership
STEWARDSHIP AND THE STEWARD
Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life which acknowledges our responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote our spiritual growth and strengthen our faith. We become Stewards when we believe in God and begin to act on our beliefs. As Orthodox Christians, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. By our faith, we are called to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which we have been blessed. An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support the Parish and her Ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolises, and related institutions.
STEWARDSHIP IS ABOUT THE JOY OF GIVING FREELY
Stewardship is a practice that can help shape our world and ourselves in such a way that we can experience God's grace, love and communion in the present. Stewardship is about what is possible for us as humans now rather than later. Rather than living with a fear of judgement when we enter the kingdom of God, Stewardship is the potential for experiencing great joy now. Stewardship is your gift to God in thanksgiving for all he has done for you. God is never outdone in generosity. A Steward is a manager, someone who looks after someone else’s property. That is what we are. We are all managers in God’s kingdom, and we have a responsibility to protect and grow God’s gifts.
Stewardship is an opportunity to examine our priorities and values, to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace. It allows us to participate in the work of God. Giving is not a substitute for commitment – it is an expression of your commitment. As St. John Chrysostom said, “A Rich Man is not one who has much but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever.”
Please take time to make your Stewardship Commitment today and enable our Church to grow her ministries and carry on her mission. For your convenience, you may print a 2018 Stewardship Pledge Card here. You may mail it or place it in the Stewardship Box located in the Narthex at any time.
More information about Stewardship
- 2018 Stewardship Pledge Card
- What does it mean to be a "Member In Good Standing"?
- Payment Options/Questions
Save the Date
Sunday, June 10th - Pot Luck Picnic/Last Day of Sunday School
Join us immediately following Divine Liturgy in the courtyard for this Church Social BBQ in celebration of our 100th Anniversary and our youth, their teachers and their work in Christ over the past year! Please contact Andrea Jones with your contributions at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 978-465-1021.
Also June 10th - Laity Award Dinner
Join us as we congratulate our Parisioner of Year Winner, Gina Dussi, at the 32nd Annual Metropolis of Boston Ministry Award Banquet at Lombardo's Restaurant in Randolf, MA. The evening includes a 5:30 pm reception and picture taking, followed by dinner at 6:30pm. Contact the church office today to reserve your tickets @ $75/pp.
Sunday, June 24th - GLAS Summer Brunch
Celebrate with the Ladies at the Old Salt Tavern in Hampton, NH. Tickets are $26 and includes tax & gratuity. RSVP to Daphne Tikellis by June 15th.
July 27, 28, 29 - Greek Food Festival
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